Date: 30th April 2014 at 5:37pm
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Manager Lee Johnson has said he felt last night’s draw with Sheffield United was a fair result on reflection of the overall game.

Wilson gave us the lead inside of the opening 20 minutes, but United grabbed themselves a level inside of ten minutes from full time but chances on the night were very even for both teams, and speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer couldn’t be too downbeat about picking up a draw.

‘It could have swung both ways but generally I thought it was two good teams who looked like they were playing with confidence. I think it was a good game. It was a tough game and Sheffield United are a good side. Hopefully that’s a dress rehearsal for a game higher up the table next season.’

Of course the goal coming in the form of 32 year old James Wilson’s who bagged his first goal for Oldham since joining us in the January window, was a bit of a shock. It wasn’t only his first goal for the club, it was his first professional goal of his career.

‘I was pleased for him as I was mocking him a couple of days ago. I asked if he’d every scored in a league or reserve game and he hadn’t, so I was delighted for him. He did well tonight and he’s done well since he came in.’

With neither side having much to play for, Johnson was delighted with the effort and tempo we showed on the night, as effectively the players were playing for pride and to just end the season on more of a high, and they didn’t let the match fizzle out now we are safe and again that bodes well for the future in the managers’ eyes.

‘Considering it was the penultimate game of the season and there wasn’t much on it, I thought it was a great testament to both clubs in what was an exciting game for everyone.’

Continuing unbeaten now until the end would be a great boost for next season’s plans and whilst a play off run might be a step too far for us, the foundations do appear to be there now so a solid mid/top half finish can at least be looked at with some real hope now, and of course Johnson will have learned a lot from his first full season in charge, so the errors he has admitted to making, he’ll have learned from and can be cut out next campaign and that in itself might return a few extra points over the course of the year as well.

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